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I want to give X3AP a go, but a game of X3 is a big undertaking and I don't want to have to start all over again after discovering that some seemingly inconsequent decision I made 50 hours ago means I can't get the PHQ or something. What determines if I get access to particular plots? Do some starts offer more plots than others? Are there mutually exclusive plots or branches?

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But that's the whole point is playing multiple times to get a bunch of endings – VanBuzzKill Jan 23 '13 at 0:35
@DomenikVanbuskirk not for X3, this game is entirely different from most games. – l I Jan 23 '13 at 0:37
@spartacus That would explain the need for this question then – VanBuzzKill Jan 23 '13 at 1:09
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Every start type in X3:AP has the plot enabled except for the custom start.

For non Terran starts, there are are 3 plots lines, the main missions, and the hub missions, and the PHQ. All are tied to reputation requirements:

  • To start the Main plot, your argon rep has to be 4 or higher (Argon Advisor) and Terran rep has to be 0 or lower.
  • To start the hub mission line, you must have completed the main plot, and then have Boron rank of queens guard or higher and have found Atreus HQ.
  • To start the PHQ plot, you must have completed the main plot, and have a Teladi rep of Major Shareholder, and also own at least 1 station. Also you must have found both the NNMC and Plutarch HQs.

For the Terran and Aldrin starts, there is only one mission:

  • Operation Loose Ends requires you be at least a local councillor for the Terrans and a fight rank of 14 (Professional)
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I just found this and it seems you're missing a few plots and requirements If you add that info to the question I will gladly accept. – kotekzot Jan 23 '13 at 0:42
@kotekzot huh neat, I wasn't aware they added a plot of some sorts for the terran/aldrin starts, that's nifty. – l I Jan 23 '13 at 0:51
Also, this guide will let you unlock all of the secret game starts It's for TC, but works equally well for AP, though it will also unlock some vestigial TC starts that may or may not work properly with the new plots. – kotekzot Jan 23 '13 at 0:53

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